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    LOS ANGELES The math teacher at a tough East Los Angeles high school who inspired the movie "Stand and Deliver," has died. He was 79.
    A family friend says Jaime Escalante died Tuesday in Reno, Nevada, where he was undergoing treatment for bladder cancer.
    An immigrant from Bolivia, he transformed Garfield High School by motivating struggling students to tackle and excel at advanced math and science. The school had more Advanced Placement calculus students than all but three other public high schools in the country.
    Edward James Olmos played Escalante in the film based on his story.
    Olmos says Escalante proved that inner city students can perform at the highest levels, and left an important legacy for American education.

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    Aww, bummer. I had heard he was sick.

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    I heard on the radio that he had battled bladder cancer and was seriously ill for a while now.

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    This was a good movie! Too bad he passed away. I remember watching in high school... ironically my math teacher showed it!

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